Soni (caste)

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Soni
Regions with significant populations
IndiaUnited Kingdom
Languages
SindhiKutchiGujarati
Religion
Hinduism
Related ethnic groups
SunarShrimali BrahminsBania

The Soni are a Hindu caste found throughout India. They are traditionally goldsmiths in the state of Gujarat. They are also found among the Indian diaspora of the United Kingdom.[1]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Soni are essentially still goldsmiths, with a few also involved in the manufacture other items of jewelry. Like similar Hindu castes, they are endogamous and maintain a system of gotra exogamy. The various sub-divisions of the Soni have their own caste associations, suich as the Patni Soni Mandal and Shrimali Soni Mandal. They follow Vaishnavism, and many belonging to the Swaminarayan sect. The community speak various dialects of Gujarati and Kutchi.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen (ed.). People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Three. pp. 1318–1324.